Tag: New York

Every Girl Needs a Boat on Fathers Day

Every Girl Needs a Boat on Fathers Day
I have always shied away from writing a piece on Fathers Day. It seems a day for perfect fathers, fathers who fit the larger than life model found on the features pages of Sunday publications. My father was not that kind of father. Still, I loved him and know he did the best he could.... Read more »

An Interview with an Average American . . . Me

An Interview with an Average American . . . Me
Recently, one of my interviewees asked if she could interview me for her blog. She wanted to know about my life and what prompted me to begin this project. That gave me the idea to interview myself for this blog as my American interviewee. After all, I am asking people around the world to share... Read more »

On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, The World Remembers

On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, The World Remembers
This year’s incoming high school freshman were born a year after 9/11. Their knowledge of our country’s tragedy will come from textbooks and lectures. But I will never forget how that day smelled, felt, and sounded. Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was driving to a dentist’s appointment. Windows down, radio blaring. A... Read more »
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9/11 - Redefining Its Tragedy with Tolerance

9/11 - Redefining Its Tragedy with Tolerance
Fourteen years ago today, I sat in a dentist’s chair. An hour later, I walked out into a crisp, cloudless September morning and a world I did not recognize. Today, I still feel a disconnect concerning 9/11. On one hand, I long to observe it in a meaningful way. On the other hand, I am... Read more »

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River
In 2008, I attended a conference in Iceland titled The Arctic Convoys: A Lifeline Across the Atlantic. I came because my father was a Navy photomate in Iceland during WWII and a number of his photos were on display. At the time, I was finishing up a novel inspired by my father’s experiences in Iceland... Read more »